In­ter­est is climb­ing for netball

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

NETBALL: Ju­nior netball night com­pe­ti­tion starts up in Monto next Wed­nes­day, with a le­gion of young play­ers ready and rar­ing to go.

Un­der-15 train­ing be­gan in March while un­der 10s and un­der 12 sign-on be­gan last week, with weekly Wed­nes­day night prac­tice down at the Com­bined Sports Field court.

Un­der 10s play from 3.30pm-4.30pm, un­der 12s 4.30pm to 5.30pm and un­der 15s 5pm-6.30 as well as an ex­tra Mon­day night ses­sion.

The first in­ter-team com­pe­ti­tion will take place next Wed­nes­day at 6.30pm and 7.30pm, with eight teams par­tic­i­pat­ing, a step up from six last year.

Monto Netball As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Tara Harm said it was very ex­cit­ing to see in­ter­est for ju­nior netball go­ing up.

“We ac­tu­ally had quite a bit of in­ter­est last year after the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan of peo­ple want­ing to play, so we put it out there more this year so ev­ery­one knew what was hap­pen­ing with night netball and how we play,” Mrs Harm said.

“We have great num­bers in ju­nior play­ers and al­ready worked out we have 34 un­der-10 play­ers, 10 un­der-12 play­ers and 19 un­der-15 play­ers.”

With so many un­der 10s, they’ll be able to have four teams just for the them, en­sur­ing no­body needs to be cut.

The eight teams will play each other four or five times through­out the sea­son, with a grand fi­nal in Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber to de­cide the best.

Ju­nior play­ers will par­tic­i­pate in four car­ni­vals be­tween Monto, Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah and Nanango, the first one tak­ing place mid­way through term two of school.

The Netball As­so­ci­a­tion is also look­ing for an ex­tra coach to ac­com­mo­date the un­der 10s.

“We’re still look­ing for a fourth un­der-10s coach so we can pro­vide a fourth team time so the kids get more game time and one-on-one with a coach,” Mrs Harm said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in coach­ing can phone Tara on 0457 597 966.

PHOTO: KEA­GAN EL­DER

COM­PE­TI­TION: More teams than ever be­fore signed up for Monto Ju­nior Netball.

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